Balcombe developments

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Balcombe developments

Postby Rod Cameron » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:23 am

As you may or may not realise, we are a bit leftfield on this project. We have already bent reality a bit by retaining the tramway overhead in Balcombe yard, assuming it survived into operational use; and added a headshunt to increase operational flexibility.

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In a further development in our part of the multiverse, partly to keep us enthused over the current period, we are looking at a revision of reality where the LBSCR overhead electric system was not abandoned in the 1920s in favour of the third rail, but was retained and expanded, including the Brighton main line. Details are still to be worked out, mainly a means of avoiding the cat’s cradle of catenary, but we will be retaining and modifying existing stock. Some reconfiguring of motor coaches may be required to allow for the different equipment, but essentially the trains will be the same.

As a flavour, this is a very preliminary conceptual mockup, using a Sommerfeldt pan, part-built Midi (French) mast and a length of phosphor-bronze wire:

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Steve Carter » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:28 am

Love it :D
Will Mike A being adding pantos to his Atlantic so it is a sort of pre ED :mrgreen:
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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Guy Rixon » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:33 am

An Electrodampferloko in England? Not just in the alps any more.

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Re6/6 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:53 am

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby CornCrake » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:14 am

Is that a 5-CAT and a 2-CAT then?

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Paul Townsend » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:05 am

I fear date and time may have something to do with this!

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Tim V » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:41 pm

Must be the sea air in Devon ...
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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby essdee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:37 pm

You mean the 'Oh!'-Zone?

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Steve Carter » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:02 pm

essdee wrote:You mean the 'Oh!'-Zone?


:D :thumb
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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby MPR » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:10 pm

Is that a 5-CAT and a 2-CAT then?

.... and a 1-KET too (looking at the Swiss photo)

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Horsetan » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:54 pm

CornCrake wrote:Is that a 5-CAT and a 2-CAT then?


I detect a 5CAM and 2CAN!
That would be an ecumenical matter.

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby zebedeesknees » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:06 pm

I suspect that the date may have something to do with this thread Rod!

Ted.

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Rod Cameron » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:11 pm

zebedeesknees wrote:I suspect that the date may have something to do with this thread Rod!

Ted.


Hi Ted

Might do ... 8-)

It is characteristically bonkers, and vaguely plausible ... ogives over the viaduct would look cool.

And it would be great fun, but joining all that catenary over 18 scenic boards? It would mean finding somewhere to put the layout up permanently!

Maybe a small cameo would work ...

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Rod Cameron » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:41 pm

Horsetan wrote:
CornCrake wrote:Is that a 5-CAT and a 2-CAT then?


I detect a 5CAM and 2CAN!


The 2CAN at least preserves the tradition of reference to lavatory availability. Or do they serve Guinness in the bar?

I'm now off to order my spaghetti tree from an online nursery.
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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby CornCrake » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:02 pm

A quick joke to take our minds off our current social distancing...

There was this idiot who kept on clicking on their screen...Read More

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Re: Balcombe developments

Postby Horsetan » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:35 pm

CornCrake wrote:A quick joke to take our minds off our current social distancing...

There was this idiot who kept on clicking on their screen...Read More


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
That would be an ecumenical matter.


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